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Additive Manufacturing Isn’t New, But It Is Next

Remember when additive manufacturing (AM) was new? Me too! It was the 1980s, and the future of additive seemed as promising as the U.S. hockey team and their unforgettable “Miracle on Ice.” We knew early on that this was a powerful tool for prototyping and development, but we hardly dreamed of its potential to transform industrial production.

Additive manufacturing may not be new anymore, but it is certainly what’s next. No matter what sector of manufacturing you are in, industrial additive applications have the capacity to improve and expand your business.

There is now a U.S.-based trade show to help manufacturers build their additive capabilities and client bases. Formnext, the premier industrial additive manufacturing trade show in the world, is expanding to the North American market with Formnext Forum Austin 2023. This debut event will be followed by the Formnext Conference, co-located at IMTS 2024, and Formnext Chicago 2025, both at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois.

A Powerful Partnership

An innovative partnership between international AM industry leaders Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH, AMT – The Association For Manufacturing Technology, and Gardner Business Media, Formnext Chicago will showcase the full spectrum of additive manufacturing technologies across the industrial supply chain.

Formnext is the leading international trade fair for additive manufacturing and the next generation of intelligent manufacturing solutions. It is held in Frankfurt, Germany, and the 2022 event featured more than 802 exhibitors, covering 51,148 square meters, and attracted more than 329,581 visitors. By working with U.S.-based manufacturing industry partners, Formnext will now be able to deliver a customized trade show experience for the U.S. manufacturing market.

A Show for All

Formnext Chicago 2025 will showcase all that additive manufacturing has to offer – helping U.S. manufacturers find and implement new technologies to increase efficiencies and improve product development. From established AM providers to startups, Formnext Chicago will host an array of companies offering additive materials, technologies, software, equipment, services, and metrology. It will be the one event in the United States dedicated to all aspects of additive manufacturing and industrial 3D printing.

As of early 2023, organizers of Formnext Chicago have already secured letters of intent to exhibit from more than 20 companies. These companies represent some of the world’s premier providers of additive manufacturing technologies, as well as startup companies launching new materials solutions. Confirmed exhibitors include EOS, Desktop Metal, Autodesk, HP, Zeiss, Mazak, Markforged, 3DEO, 3D Systems, Flow Science, Oqton, Baker Industries, Dyndrite, Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies, Massivit 3D, nTopology, Velo3D, Carpenter Technology, Trumpf, Ingersoll Machine Tools, and America Makes.

Up Next: Attend Formnext Forum Austin 2023

Hosted in one of the world’s fastest-growing tech-forward cities, the Austin event will include a two-day conference, technology expo, networking opportunities, and tours of AM technology companies in the Austin area. Whether you’ve already embraced AM into your business or are considering AM adoption, Formnext Forum Austin will feature the full range of AM processes, materials, and experts focused on AM for industrial end-use part production. The event will feature the world-renowned AMT Emerging Technology Center with support from Oak Ridge National Laboratory and sponsored by IMTS 2024. Registration opens in March. Register at

For more information on Formnext Chicago 2025, visit If your company is interested in exhibiting, please visit

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